Stolen guns that went unnoticed at BRPD show gap in oversight, retired police officer says


"Someone dropped the ball," Dewey said. June 20, 2022 Benjamin Zeringue was arrested Monday charged with injuring public records, malfeasance in office and theft of firearms. He posted an $18,000 bond. Arrest records show on two different occasions in 2018 and once in 2019, the former officer seized three different firearms during traffic stops. "I...

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NAKAMOTO: Police chief denies taking missing money from evidence room


The missing money involves a homicide case, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff  June 20, 2022 ST. GABRIEL - St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau is denying any wrongdoing after search warrants were executed on his home and the police department this week.The warrants were done in conjunction with the Iberville Parish Sheriffs Office and th...

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Brothers arrested by disgraced narcotics officer get reduced sentences amid investigation into corruption at BRPD


 The allegations against Acree include accusations of stealing drugs from an evidence locker June 16, 2022 Deandre Robertson and Darryl Robertson were previously sentenced on drug charges in December 2019 and February 2020, respectively, related to the same case dating back to 2016. Darryl was serving a 15-year sentence, while Deandre was sent...

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Deputies seize cellphones from St. Gabriel police chief's home and office


"they noticed that $3,500 that was supposed to be locked away in evidence June 17, 2021 ST. GABRIEL - The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office executed search warrants at St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau's home and office Wednesday afternoon. According to Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi, search warrants were issued in connection to missing evidenc...

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Seized guns sold to buy police cruiser, says Newton County sheriff


"I read this law. I thought I was in the right". June 4, 2022 Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said he thought he was following state law when he sold 103 seized guns to a Kansas gun dealer for $12,150 and had him cut a check to the Harrison Toyota dealer so the sheriff's office could buy a vehicle. "I read this law. I thought I was in the right...

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$27K of seized cash missing from Tennessee police department, other issues found


Both the evidence custodian and the former captain stated they had, at times, "borrowed" cash for personal purchases and would later pay back the "borrowed" funds. nJune 2, 2022 LIVINGSTON, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Tennessee Comptroller's Office has reported that $27,000 is missing from an evidence room at the Livingston Police Department. An investigati...

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Alabama auditors cite chaotic evidence room, missing guns in Brookside


"Nineteen firearms listed on the Police Department's evidence log were not found during the inventory," April 15,2022 Alabama auditors today issued a scathing report on the town of Brookside, detailing haphazard treatment of evidence, missing guns, unexplained extra guns, an unmarked trash bag filled with prescription medicines, undocumented s...

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Investigation Finds Questionable Cash-Handling Within Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit


"State law requires that municipal funds be deposited no later than three working days after they are received," April 01, 2022 An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office focuses on the activities of a Jackson Police Captain who has managed the administrative aspects of the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit's (JMCMNU) seizures...

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Convicted murderer charged in 1982 cold case murder of Fort Benning soldier


In 2020, the GBI created a cold case unit with retired GBI investigators to look into unsolved murders like Blackmore's. April 10, 2022 COLUMBUS, Ga. — A convicted murderer serving a life sentence is now the suspect in the 1982 death of Fort Benning soldier who disappeared 40 years ago. A Chattahoochee County grand jury indicted Marcellus McCluster...

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Burglary of Little Rock police evidence facility unlikely to affect pending cases, Pulaski County prosecutor says


It estimated the value of stolen evidence to be $20,000. March 22, 2022 After an unknown number of items were stolen last week from a Little Rock Police Department evidence-storage facility, a Pulaski County prosecutor was informed that the break-in did not affect cases pending with his office. John Johnson, the chief deputy prosecuting attorney fo...

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Little Rock police property room broken into, assistant chief says


Officials were taking inventory to identify everything that was taken.  March 18, 2022 A property room used by Little Rock police was broken into between Sunday night and early Monday morning, Assistant Chief Heath Helton said during a weekly news briefing Wednesday at Little Rock City Hall. Helton described the facility as "kind of a holding ...

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Former police chief charged with stealing from city


Jason Cross, of Columbia, is accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the police department's evidence locker and drug purchase fund March 12, 2022 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A former police chief in Kentucky has been charged with stealing from the city where he worked. A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Jason D. Cross, 44, of Columbia, all...

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Man sentenced after police find loaded gun in his buttocks during strip search


Not In My Evidence Room!!! September 19, 2019 A Louisiana man chose the cheekiest of places when he needed to find a quick hiding spot for his gun. Justin Savoie, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges after police in the town of Golden Meadow — who were arresting him late last year on a separate matter — discovered he had stashed a loaded .2...

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Former Police Chief Faked Death to Evade Charges, Officials Say


Last spring, Mr. Spivey was charged with more than 70 felonies, including stealing or destroying evidence, embezzlement and opioid trafficking, stemming from his time as the police chief in Chadbourn Mach 1, 2022 William Anthony Spivey, who resigned last year as the Chadbourn, N.C., police chief after a misconduct investigation, has been charged wi...

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Changes implemented at Summerville PD following former officer's arrest

He was accused of taking nearly $7,500 from their evidence room. February 11, 2022  SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — New changes have been implemented at the Summerville Police Department. This comes after a third audit was completed by SLED after a former officer was accused of selling evidence to a pawn shop back in 2020. "Any time someone tarnish...

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WVTM 13 Investigates: Work to erase huge rape kit backlog continues in Jefferson County

Nearly 4,000 rape kits went untested for decades February 7, 2022 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A special team of investigators, prosecutors and advocates are helping eliminate a large rape kit backlog in Jefferson County. So far, more than a third of the untested sexual assault kits have now been sent to a state forensics lab. Learn more in the video above. ...

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Jury awards 3 KSP troopers $900K in whistleblower case

"This gentleman thought it was a good idea — if, for whatever reason — to steal this evidence from an open case," Burton said. "And then stamp the property form, evidence form, destroyed by fire when in fact they weren't destroyed by fire." February 11, 2022 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A jury awarded three Kentucky State troopers nearly $1 million as...

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‘Why’d you take my mama?’: Cold case victim’s sons confront man sentenced in 1981 Lakeland murder


Mills became Lakeland Police Department's main suspect in 2019 after DNA submitted through an online ancestry database  February 9, 2022 BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) — Four decades of grief, pain and loss culminated in an emotional confrontation in a Polk County courtroom Wednesday between the family of a slain young mother and the man pleading guilty ...

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Key evidence found in 40-year-old Broward murder cold case Wilton Manors police send physical items out for DNA testing

Since sitting down with police, they began looking for missing evidence. In an email, the police department said they have now located fingerprints and the physical evidence that was sent for testing. February 04, 2022 WILTON MANORS, Fla. – After a Local 10 investigation into the handling of a 40-year-old cold case, detectives are one step closer t...

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NA Labs International Launches the Newest Technology for Forensic Genetic Genealogy

DNA Labs International, which specializes in forensic DNA analysis including forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) for law enforcement agencies January 26, 2022 DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (PRWEB)  DNA Labs International, which specializes in forensic DNA analysis including forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) for law enforcement agencies, government forensi...

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Former Kentucky sheriff indicted on 2 federal charges

Cooper made cash withdrawals from the agency's asset forfeiture fund, which holds proceeds from properties seized in drug investigations that can only be used for law enforcement purposes, the indictment said. January 25, 2022 COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former eastern Kentucky sheriff is accused of stealing more than $50,000 of cash seized by law enfo...

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NC man arrested in 1986 kidnapping, murder of 4-year-old girl

A North Carolina man has been arrested in the killing of 4-year-old girl who was snatched from her South Carolina home in the middle of the night 35 years ago. January 9, 2021 A North Carolina man has been arrested in the killing of 4-year-old girl who was snatched from her South Carolina home in the middle of the night 35 years ago. Thomas Eric Mc...

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Cold case rape, murder of 14-year-old Atlanta girl solved with DNA, APD says

Arnold died in August 2021 in Fulton County, where both his accused crimes were committed.  January 4, 2022 ATLANTA - Atlanta police say detectives believe they have identified the man responsible for the 1995 cold case rape and murder of Nacole Smith and a 2004 East Point sexual assault. The suspect, 49-year-old Kevin Arnold, died of liver an...

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Audit finds MPD failed to follow procedures for seized money

A new audit found the Monroe Police Department did not follow procedures for handling seized money during the 2021 fiscal year. December 3, 2021 MONROE, La. (KNOE) -A new audit found the Monroe Police Department did not follow procedures for handling seized money during the 2021 fiscal year. The report, conducted by an independent firm, discovered ...

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New fingerprint technology leads to arrest in 1983 Florida cold-case murder


Police found the body of Pompano Beach resident Carla Lowe, then 21, lying in the street near the Amtrak station on Nov. 13, 1983. December 6, 2021 DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Nearly four decades after a Florida woman was found beaten to death, her body run over near a Delray Beach train station, city police have arrested a man they believe was responsibl...

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Wrongfully convicted brothers awarded more than $80 million lawsuit against Robeson County, former sheriff, SBI


The convictions were overturned in 2014 after DNA was found on a cigarette butt left near Buie's body pointed to another man already in prison for a similar crime. May 17, 2021 Raleigh, N.C. — Two men falsely imprisoned for decades for the rape and murder of a young Robeson County girl were awarded more than $80 million in compensation their treatm...

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Ex-Summerville officer accused of stealing guns also accused of stealing cash from evidence

Rollings admitted to stealing $7,493 in cash after being confronted about that amount of money which was found to be unaccounted for from the police evidence room.Enter Headline here October 14, 2021 SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A training history report from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy shows the former Summerville Police officer char...

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Court filing accuses police captain of evidence mishandling

Bauserman was accused of a "lack of accountability, process failures, lack of purging, failure to hold staff accountable and failure to document or process by policy." June 14, 2021 WINCHESTER — The city's police chief and commonwealth's attorney say alleged mishandling of evidence in the police department property room for seven years didn't compr...

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Florida sheriff looking to return $2 Million in marijuana to rightful owner: 'Very least we can do'

 Sheriff Wayne Ivey has a history of using social media in a humorous way October 10,2021 A Florida sheriff has advertised on social media some 700 pounds of marijuana that authorities wanted to "return" to its rightful owner. The tongue-in-cheek post on Facebook by the Brevard County Sheriff's office argued the office was just trying to ...

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Judge rules against dismissed police officer

September 19, 2021 WINCHESTER — A Winchester Circuit Court judge has ruled against a former city police officer who claimed he was unfairly disciplined and subsequently fired over his job performance. In a ruling filed this week, Judge Bruce D. Albertson said the Winchester Police Department was within its rights to discipline Capt. Leonard M. Baus...

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Officer is 'going to be fine' after accidental shooting at LMPD Property Room, chief says

Shields said the officer was cleaning his service revolver when he accidentally discharged the weapon, suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach area. September 8, 2021 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville Metro Police officer was taken to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach Wednesday afternoon in the LMPD Property Room, Chief ...

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State police decline prosecutor's request to probe Petersburg detective's misplaced evidence

It's just somebody not following the policies and procedures of their agency," police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. "That's not criminal. That's administrative violations." September 4, 2021 State police have declined Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney Tiffany Buckner's request to investigate misplaced evidence problems within the Petersbur...

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Florida police solve 35-year-old murder cold case with advances in DNA technology

The suspect was sentenced to life in prison for a separate murder in 1999 and died in 2015 August 15, 2021 After 28-year-old Denise Marie Stafford was murdered in 1985 in Sarasota, Florida, the case went cold for decades despite investigators' best efforts at finding her killer. Now, thanks to advancements in DNA technology, the Sarasota Police Dep...

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Petersburg detective named in 2015 evidence room scandal retires after evidence found in ceiling, dumpster

Defense attorneys are still looking for answers. August 9, 2021 A Petersburg police detective who was banished from the department's evidence and property room six years ago amid a scandal involving missing evidence that included $13,000 has retired after he was linked to "hidden" evidence found in the ceiling of the office where he worked, in a du...

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Gun auction to raise money for sheriff’s office

Sheriff says he couldn't remember when the department upgraded any of their equipment, operating off of an old analog radio system for many years. July 31, 2021  A gun auction is new for Sheriff Terry Miller, but the need for new equipment isn't. "This is the first auction that we've had since I've been in office since 2015," Miller said. "[Ne...

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Wise County prosecutor drops charges in 31 cases linked to Pound Police Department

"The Town of Pound Town Council created a situation in which the preservation of evidence in numerous pending cases has been questioned," July 28, 2021 WISE — Thirty-one people facing charges connected to Pound Police Department investigations will see their cases dropped after a motion filed Wednesday by Wise County and Norton Commonwealth's Attor...

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Man arrested in 1988 cold case murder of 8-year-old Roswell boy

DNA evidence linked him to the death of Joshua Harmon. July 23, 2021 ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell police have arrested a Woodstock man in the 1988 murder of an 8-year-old boy. James Michael Coates, 56, was taken into custody on July 21 and booked on multiple charges including murder after DNA evidence linked him to the death of Joshua Harmon. Joshua was ...

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Police officer fired as BRPD drug corruption investigation deepens

Acree is accused of stealing drugs out of the evidence room. July 20, 2021 BATON ROUGE - A police officer tied to the ongoing corruption investigation within the Baton Rouge Police drug squad has been fired, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Wednesday. Multiple sources shared details of the firing with WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto and the Investigative ...

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UPDATE: Ex-Chadbourn police chief, facing over 80 charges, given additional bond

Former top cop is accused of repeatedly raiding the police department's evidence room and stealing a variety of narcotics, thousands of dollars in cash, and firearms. July, 17, 2021 OLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Former Chadbourn Police Chief Anthony Spivey was given a $300,000 unsecured bond in court Thursday, which is in addition to his already st...

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Evidence in the West Memphis Three case 'likely lost or destroyed'

Attorneys said evidence recently needed for DNA testing is missing.  July 13, 2021 WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — It's a case that caught national attention for decades, the West Memphis Three. Attorneys said evidence recently needed for DNA testing is missing. Patrick Benca, one of Damien Echols's attorneys, said he fears missing this evidence will nev...

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Retired Radford Police Officer pleads guilty to taking evidence room money

chief Jeff Dodson said he knows situations like this endanger public trust, but he wants the public to know this was an isolated incident June 15, 2021 A former Radford police officer has been convicted after admitting he took money from the evidence room. The now-retired Lieutenant Andy Wilburn plead guilty after being charged last Friday to one m...

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Legislation to increase sexual assault kit regulations signed into law

A tracking system will be made accessible to those who have been assaulted, and provide them updates on their kits and their case July 1, 2021 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Gail's Law, a bill that would ensure all sexual assault kits are tracked and recorded in Florida, is now law. The bill was named after longtime sexual assault advocate Gail Gardner...

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Unsecured weapons, unserved warrant, unpaid bills, missing police dog: Pound police chief outlines problems

The town's evidence situation may have contributed to a mistrial in Wise County this week June 29, 2021 POUND — Even before getting into budget matters on Tuesday, the Pound Council got a hard look at what its police department left in its wake after disbandment almost two months ago. Interim Police Chief Chris Wilcox, in his report to the council,...

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Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property

June 16, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent and a former DEA task force officer were convicted Tuesday by a federal jury in New Orleans, Louisiana, in connection wit...

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Roughly 50 buried pill bottles discovered in backyard where retired SPD sergeant once lived

A bizarre backyard discovery in Haughton, La., now is at the center of a major investigation by narcotics detectives with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Enter Article DATE HERE On May 18 at a residence on Grapevine Lane in the Forest Hills neighborhood, the home's owner dug up a surprise. Roughly 50 old medicine bottles, buried about hal...

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Retired Radford Police Officer pleads guilty to taking evidence room money

Radford police discovered a discrepancy in funds that were stored as criminal evidence. June 16, 2021 A former Radford police officer has been convicted after admitting he took money from the evidence room. The now-retired Lieutenant Andy Wilburn plead guilty after being charged last Friday to one misdemeanor count of Malfeasance in Public Office T...

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Sheriff’s office upgrades evidence room with grant

Money was used to complete ventilation work in the department's evidence room for the health and safety of the evidence custodians. May 31, 2021 The Hardin County Sheriff's Office updated its evidence room thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Association of Counties. Sheriff John Ward said the association recently awarded the department a $1,000 saf...

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Twiggs County Major pleads guilty to stealing money from evidence room

GBI said he stole more than $1,500 that was taken from a suspect in a traffic stop and stored in the evidence room Enter Article DATE HERE TWIGGS COUNTY, Ga. — A former Twiggs County Sheriff's Office major received a six-month sentence Tuesday after he admitted to stealing money from his department's evidence room. Twiggs County court records ...

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Hot potato: Who will accept the keys to Pound’s police evidence room?

"Council, without taking into account responsibilities in maintaining a police department, has eliminated its police department,"  May 19, 2021 POUND — There were no takers on Wednesday for a court order to put Pound's police evidence room key in the custody of a Virginia law enforcement officer. Wise County and Norton Common- wealth's Attorne...

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Va. town votes to fire ‘every officer in its police department,’ including chief

The town has demanded that the police chief hand over the keys to the evidence storage room May 24, 2021 By Suzie Ziegler POUND, Va. — The town of Pound, Virginia, has removed its police chief and terminated all other police officers, reported WYMT. According to a petition filed earlier this week, town officials voted on Tuesday to fire "every...

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